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Assistant Professor Aggregate

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Animal Diversity & Conservation

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Artur Raposo Serrano

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are entomology: biodiversity and conservation. Entomology (Coleoptera, mainly Caraboidea): systematic, taxonomy, cytogenetic, ecology and biogeography.


Academic Qualifications

- 2002 Aggregation (University of Lisbon)

- 1991 PhD (University of Lisbon)

- 1978 5-year college graduation in Biology (University of Lisbon)

Recent Publications

Boieiro M., Carvalho J.C., Cardoso P., Aguiar C.A.S., Rego C., Faria e Silva I., Amorim I., Pereira R., Azevedo F.E.B., Borges P.A.V. & Serrano A.R.M. 2013. Spatial factors play a major role as determinants of endemic ground Beetle Beta diversity of Madeira Island Laurisilva. Plos One 8(5):1-10.

Prado e Castro C., García M.D., Martins da Silva P., Faria e Silva I. & Serrano A.R.M. 2013. Coleoptera of forensic interest: a study of seasonal community composition and succession in Lisbon, Portugal. Forensic Science International 232(1-2):73-83.

Serrano A.R.M. & Capela R.A. 2013. The tiger beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae, Cicindelinae) of Angola: a descriptive catalogue and designation of neotypes. Zootaxa 3731(4):401–444.

Serrano A.R.M. 2013. Myriochila (Monelica) confluentesubtilis (W. Horn, 1914) (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Cicindelinae): Elevation to species status and new record for Guinea-Bissau. The Coleopterists Bulletin 67(3):318-320.

Serrano A.R.M., Amorim I.R. & Borges P.A.V. 2013. A new species of Tarphius Erichson, 1845 (Coleoptera: Zopheridae) from North Africa and notes on an Iberian species. Zootaxa 3613(5):493-500.

Vicente F., Cesari M., Serrano A.R.M. & Bertolani R. 2013. The impact of fire on terrestrial tardigrade biodiversity: a first case-study from Portugal. Journal of Limnology 72(1):152-159.

Vicente F., Fontoura P., Cesari M., Rebecchi L., Guidetti R., Serrano A.R.M. & Bertolani R. 2013. Integrative taxonomy allows the identification of synonymous species and the erection of a new genus of Echiniscidae (Tardigrada, Heterotardigrada). Zootaxa 3613(6):557–572.

Boieiro M., Rego C., Serrano A.R.M. & Espadaler X. 2012. Seed production and pre-dispersal reproductive losses in the narrow endemic Euphorbia pedroi (Euphorbiaceae). Plant Ecology 213:581-590.

Prado e Castro C., Cunha E., Serrano A.R.M. & García M.D. 2012. Piophila megastigmata (Diptera: Piophilidae): First records on human corpses. Forensic Science International 214(1-3):23-26.

Prado e Castro C., Serrano A.R.M., Martins da Silva P. & García M.D. 2012. Carrion flies of forensic interest: a study of seasonal community composition and succession in Lisbon, Portugal. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 26(4):417-431.

Serrano A.R.M., Aguiar C.A.S., Boieiro M., Borges P.A.V., Rego C., Rosário I., Vieira S. & Pereira F. 2012. Synonymy of Orthomus susanae Serrano & Borges, 2009 with Orthomus annae (Donabauer, 2008) (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Zootaxa 3219:67-68.

Serrano A.R.M. 2012. Scientific note. Re-discovery of Myriochila albomarginalis (W. Horn, 1915) (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Cicindelinae) in Mozambique. Coleopterists Bulletin 66(2):120-122.

Silva P.M., Berg M.P., Serrano A.R.M., Dubs F. & Sousa J.P. 2012. Environmental factors at different spatial scales governing soil fauna community patterns in fragmented forests. Landscape Ecology 27(9):1337-1349.

Carrapiço F., Santos R. & Serrano A.R.M. 2011. First occurrence of Stenonopelmus rufinasus Gyllenhal, 1835 (Coleoptera: Erirhinidae) in Portugal. The Coleopterists Bulletin 65(4):436-437.

Proença S.J.R., Serrano A.R.M., Serrano J. & Galián J. 2011. Patterns of rDNA chromosomal localization in Palearctic Cephalota and Cylindera (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Cicindelini) with different numbers of X-chromosomes. Comparative Cytogenetics 5(1):47-59.

Reboleira A.S.P.S., Borges A.V.P., Gonçalves F., Serrano A.R.M. & Oromí P. 2011. The subterranean fauna of a biodiversity hotspot region - Portugal: an overview and its conservation. International Journal of Speleology 40(1):23-37.

Serrano A.R.M. 2011. Two newrecords of Tiger Beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Cicindelinae) for Guinea–Bissau. Coleopterists Bulletin 65(1):82-83.

Serrano A.R.M.& Aguiar C.A.S. 2011. Two new species of the genus Geocharis Ehlers, 1883 and new data on Anillina species from Portugal (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Zootaxa 3116:33-46.

Silva P.M., Aguiar C., Silva I.F. & Serrano A.R.M. 2011. Orchard and riparian habitats enhance ground dwelling beetle diversity in Mediterranean agroforestry systems. Biodiversity and Conservation 20(4):861-872.

Boieiro M., Serrano A.R.M., Rego C. & Espadaler X. 2010. Plant fecundity and pre-dispersal reproductive losses in a common and a rare Euphorbia species (Euphorbiaceae). Ecological Research 25(2):447-456.

Boieiro M., Serrano A.R.M., Rego C. & Espadaler X. 2010. The impact of specialist and generalist pre-dispersal seed predators on the reproductive output of a common and rare Euphorbia species. Acta Oecologica 36(2):227-233.

Triantis K.A., Borges P.A.V., Ladle R.J., Hortal J., Cardoso P., Gaspar C., Dinis F., Mendonça E., Silveira L.M.A.,  Gabriel R., Melo C.,  Santos A.M.C., Amorim I.R., Ribeiro S.P., Serrano A.R.M., Quartau J.A. & Whittaker R.J. 2010. Extinction debt on oceanic islands. Ecography 33(2):285-294.

Vanbergen A.J., Woodcock B.A., Koivula M., Niemelä J., Kotze D.J., Bolger T., Golden V., Dubs F., Boulanger G., Serrano J., Lencina J. L., Serrano A.R.M., Aguiar C., Grandchamp A.-C. , Stofer S., Szél G., Ivits E., Adler P., Markus J. & Watt A.D. 2010. Trophic level modulates carabid beetle responses to habitat and landscape structure: a pan-European study. Ecological Entomology 35(2):226-235.

Cardoso A., Serrano A.R.M. & Vogler A.P. 2009. Morphological and molecular variation in tiger beetles of Cicindela hybrida complex: is an “integrative taxonomy” possible? Molecular Ecology 18:648-664.

Reboleira A.S.P., Gonçalves F.J. & Serrano A.R.M. 2009. Two new species of cave dwelling Trechus Clairville, 1806 of the fulvus–group (Coleoptera, Carabidae: Trechinae) from Portugal. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 56 (1):101–107.

Silva P.M., Aguiar C.A.S., Niemelä J., Sousa J.P. & Serrano A.R.M. 2009. Cork-oak woodlands as key-habitats for biodiversity conservation in Mediterranean landscapes: a case study using rove- and ground-beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Carabidae). Biodiversity and Conservation 18(3):605-619.

Silva P.M., Aguiar C.A.S., Niemelä J., Sousa J.P. & Serrano A.R.M. 2008. Diversity patterns of ground-beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) along a gradient of land-use disturbance. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 124(3):270-274.

Serrano A.R.M.& Aguiar C.A.S. 2008. A new species of the genus Geocharis Ehlers, 1883 and some faunistic data on endogean carabids from Portugal (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Revue Suisse de Zoologie 115(4):779-788.

Serrano A.R.M., Aguiar C.A.S., Boieiro M.C., Borges P.A.V., Rego C., Amorim I.R., Ribeiro S.P. & Pereira F. 2008. A new species of Orthomus Chaudoir, 1838 (Coleoptera: Carabidae) from Madeira island (Macaronesia) and notes on related species. Zootaxa 1972:20-34.

Borges P.A.V., Oromi P., Serrano A.R.M., Amorim I.R. & Pereira F. 2007. Biodiversity patterns of cavernicolous ground-beetles and their conservation status in the Azores, with description of a new species: Trechus isabelae n. sp. (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Trechinae). Zootaxa 1478:21-31.

Cardoso P., Silva I., Oliveira N.G. & Serrano A.R.M. 2007. Seasonality of spiders (Aranae) in Mediterranean ecosystems and its implications in the optimum sampling period. Ecological Entomology 32:516-526.

Serrano A.R.M. 2007. Notes on tiger beetles from Guinea-Bissau, with description of a new species of Cylindera Westwood (Insecta: Coleoptera, Cicindelidae). Zootaxa 1630:1-21.


Ongoing Projects

  • 2010-2013 - Conflict between human activities and the conservation of island endemics in a global biodiversity hotspot (FCT - PTDC/BIA-BEC/099138/2008) Coordinator: Artur Serrano.

  • 2010-2013 - What can the Macaronesian islands teach us about speciation? A case study of Tarphius beetles and Hipparchia butterflies (FCT - PTDC/BIA-BEC/104571/2008) Coordinator: Paulo Borges (Azorean Biodiversity Group).

  • LTER. Coordinator: Margarida Santos-Reis.


Other Information

Vice-President of the Associación Europea de Coleopterologia.

Founder Member of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Entomologia.

Member of the Biology Courses Equivalence Commission (DBA/DBV) of the Faculty of Science of Lisbon University.
Member of the Editorial Board of the journals Graellsia (Madrid, Spain) and Elytron (Barcelona, Spain).
Scientific Reviewer of The National Geographic Magazine (portuguese edition).